A Computer Geeks Guide to Beginning Boxing

For any mixed martial artist making the phase change from amateur to pro fighting, it is considered the true launch of one’s career as they embark on their long expedition toward greatness in the sport.

Hailing from Pittston, Pennsylvania, 28-year-old Gary Peters will be making a big transition in his career as he makes his professional debut at Cage Fight 11 on March 17 against Billy Dee Williams.

Dedicated, diligent, and humble with over five years of experience and eight fights under his belt, Peters has always been a constant seeker toward bettering himself as a fighter. By following this winning formula it has assisted him in being fully prepared for the long venture that awaits him during his conversion into the pro ranks.

USCS got the opportunity to speak with Peters as he talks about his development as a fighter, his upcoming fight, and future aspirations. He also shared his thoughts on his recommend gloves for newbies. 

Everyone has had their own reason for pursuing a career in MMA. What was your reason for wanting to become a fighter?

Gary Peters: Originally I just wanted to learn Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to be able to defend myself. I was one of the smaller guys growing up but realized soon after watching Royce in action that size isn’t always the determining factor. Like everyone else I was a little skeptical the techniques could work so easily against an untrained opponent. After a few online instructional videos I was surprising much larger friends of mine who played power sports such as football and weightlifting. Seeing how I was able to see results so quickly without proper instruction, I immediately found a place to train regularly with students of various skill levels. I was able to pick-up details quickly and had the “never quit” attitude. Those attributes enabled me to excel in various grappling tournaments and eventually caused me to crave more competition. I found myself spending more and more time with the “MMA Guys” and wanting to learn new skills. Eventually my focus shifted from just being able to defend myself to wanting to test myself in the cage.

Thinking back to when you first started, what would you say has been the most enjoyable part about your experience?

Gary Peters: Martial Arts have been the most positive influence on my life. I enjoy being able to help all of my training partners and new students who walk through the door every day. Because of Martial Arts I am a more confident and respectful person. Knowing how many people care about your success is priceless and is absolutely my favorite experience as a fighter.

What has been the most difficult hurdle you encountered thus far and how did you overcome it?

Gary Peters: The most difficult hurdle I had to overcome was my unanimous decision loss as an amateur fighter. I started out 3-0 high on life thinking I was on the fast path to the pros. This was a huge wake-up call and caused me to focus more on other aspects of my training such as Boxing, Judo and Wrestling. I learned quickly to excel against higher forms of competition I would need to be a well-rounded fighter and train harder than ever. It is important to listen to your coaches, maintain a humble attitude and take everything in. Your coaches know more than you do, listen to them.

Making your amateur debut several years ago, what were some of the feelings and emotions you were experiencing heading into your first fight?

Gary Peters: Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. The first time I saw my opponent was at the weigh-ins and he was huge. Well in my mind he was anyway, even though we were in the same weight class. My mind was racing and I was nervous for sure. Despite his intimidating look he was actually a pretty nice guy and didn’t “mean mug” me once. A great majority of MMA fighters are respectful but like any other sport you will always have a few who lack that characteristic. The bout only lasted one minute and forty-seven seconds. A time permanently burned into my mind as a reminder of what hard work can do for a novice kid trying to become a fighter. I managed to come out on top with a submission victory and carried the momentum into my next two fights.

Some fighters have more amateur fights than others. With eight amateur fights under your credentials, how important was it for you to build experience before deciding to go pro?

Gary Peters: Every fighter that competes in the Amateur ranks does so with varying levels of skill and ability. My personal belief is that any fighter looking to fight pro should have at least 5-10 Amateur fights before making the transition. MMA isn’t like football or basketball where you need to be 21 years old, able to run a certain time and jump a certain height. Skill, mental toughness, heart, experience and conditioning play much larger roles. The Amateur rank should be used as a testing ground to see what areas you need to work on before transitioning into a pro. In other words, don’t rush it!

Speak of going pro, you will be making your professional debut this month. For those MMA hopefuls out there, what is the transition like?

Gary Peters: Fortunately for me the transition hasn’t been too bad because I train all year. I’m not one of the guys who come in two months before a fight to get in shape. I love the history and techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Boxing so learning more about them is exciting to me. Think about things that excite you in life. I’m sure you could go on for hours thinking about them or studying them. Having martial arts as my primary interest allows me to enjoy what I’m doing rather than making it feel like work. I guess the bottom line is if you already train every possible day as I do you will transition just fine. If you do not train as often as you feel a pro needs to then you need to either find further motivation or decide whether this kind of career is right for you.

Going into your debut how important is this fight for Gary Peters?

Gary Peters: My first fight meant the most to me up until my last Amateur fight in November 2011. I fought a really tough opponent for the Welterweight Title and managed to come out on top. Now that I have the confidence and experience to turn pro I feel this is the most important fight in my career. I am positive I will start off in the right direction, one step at a time.

What has been the mental and physical preparation like or isn’t it any difference compared to your past fights?

Gary Peters: This one is different because I have absolute confidence in my abilities. I am mentally prepared and focused to fight. This fight cannot come fast enough, I would fight tonight if I could. Physically it has been more exhausting because I am doing much more sparring and conditioning work in preparation for the five minute rounds. The pressure guys put on themselves before even stepping into the cage is draining as well. You have to make sure you are in the absolute best shape of your life.

Looking onward what are some of the things you are looking forward to through this venture?

Gary Peters: Ultimately I would like to compete for the largest MMA promotions in the world. I have the work ethic to get there but for right now I only see my next opponent. I try not to get caught up in the distant future since so much can change in an instant. I like to focus on my next task, successfully complete that task and move on to the next. Even though I do have a good amount of experience in the cage I still consider myself an infant. There is so much more to learn and incorporate into my game. My coaches show me things every day where I wonder why I never thought of it before. As long as I can continue to learn and grow as a fighter the sky is the limit.

Finally define Gary Peters the fighter?

Gary Peters: Most people who look at me don’t believe I’m an MMA fighter because I do not have an intimidating look or act like an obnoxious “tough guy.” I think it’s sad many people relate to fighters in that way but I think as more people realize this is a sport and we are athletes their perceptions will change. I have a full time job, attend college classes and train six days per week. I’m normally the first one in and the last one out for the night classes. I have the work ethic and mindset to achieve anything in life. When I’m not preparing for a fight I am normally helping out other students and doing what I can to help promote Scranton MMA.

Would you thank anyone before we wrap up?

Gary Peters: I’d like to say thank you to my girlfriend MaiLynn who is amazingly supportive of my training, my coaches Jeff Reese, Chris Mills, Tom McGuire, Tyler Calvey, Vito Picozzo, all of my training partners at Scranton MMA, all of the people who spend their hard earned money to purchase a ticket to watch me fight and of course all of my friends & family who make all of this worthwhile.

The Rise of Miami Super Yachts

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One of the statement  of rich people who want to show off is a yacht and Miami seems like it is aiming to become the playground for boys with expensive marina toys.

Recreational area

New facilities are opening and getting ready to cater to the most exclusive tastes of mega yachts owners, accommodating vessels up to 500 feet and allowing the owners the luxury of stepping down directly from the boat to the elite locations such as restaurants and hotels.

Yet, this extravaganza is also good for the city, as Forbes cites Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, Manager of the Progressive Miami Boat Show:

“[…] megayachts are “job creation machines” as operating costs of a yacht typically run about 10 percent of sale price, so on the $500 million species, the owner is spending $50 million annually between crew, fuel, port charges and upkeep. Refueling a large yacht can run to $250,000 and depending on how much sailing you are doing, you might be back at the pump in several weeks. A paint job can cost up to $3 million. He noted that increasingly moguls use superyachts as business tools. Roman Abramovich, keeps a superyacht in the Caribbean, Europe and Asia at all times to use as a venue for meetings.”

This is good reasoning since yachts have the advantage of being intimate, offering confidentiality and the opportunity to bring your own trusted staff.

Yacht trends

“Over the top is usually an understatement of what a mega yacht can offer and usually imagination is the only limitation, when money is no object.  Aa luxury yacht owner you can ask for pools, bars, Jacuzzi spots, maybe even a golf area or your own movie theater. As long as you can name it and pay for it, a team of engineers and designers will most likely turn it into reality.  A Dutch super yacht builder explained:

“The big trend at the moment is that clients want bigger platforms to fit more guests and, at the same time, be closer to the water and the surrounding environment. They are asking for infinity pools, which are pools that give a visual effect of the water extending into the horizon, as well as waterfalls. The waterfalls look beautiful but they can also create a water banner, depending on the amount of water gushing, to enable a privacy shield. They can also be used to project movies onto it.

A major, and quite impressive, customization requirement is actually an engineering one, rather than design. One client wanted their 70-metre super yacht to have a 30+ knot speed (around 35 miles per hour). We added a third engine, a Rolls-Royce central booster jet to increase the speed.”

Top of the Line Yachts

When it comes to the toy of the moment, the one item that would make the object of envy among the super rich and could be easily the choice of the next Bond set is called Silver Fast and it is on sale at Miami for the staggering price of $90 million (or a few cents cheaper in fact).

The  Yachts Miami Beach Show is featuring this 253 ft long piece of casted in aluminum as its crown jewel since it is a nice marriage between state of the art engineering and pure beauty, as the Miami New Times describes it:

“To give you an idea of just how fancy this yacht is, many of its promo pictures have a Mercedes-Benz S-class Cabriolet riding atop its bow. Naturally, the boat also features a helipad and eight-person hot tub. It also reaches a top speed of 27 knots (that’s 31 mph for you landlubbers).”

Of course, there are more down to earth options to enjoy wind in your hair on the top deck and we have asked a representative of Miami Yacht Charters what are the latest trends clients are asking for. They said that a lot of their young jet-setters want to engage in high adrenaline sports like jet skiing and fly board, while the 50+ age group is focusing on high class experience and they had to seek more experience chefs to cater to the rising demands.

What is Canton Fair?

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The China Foreign Trade Centre group will organize the Canton Fair 2016 (October, Autumn) or the 120th China Import and Export Fair 2016 (CIEF) on Oct. 15-16, 23-27 and 31-Nov. 4 at the China Import and Export Fair, Pazhou Complex, Guangzhou. The upcoming fair will feature new technology products, such as computers, mobile devices and peripherals specifically on Oct. 15 to 16. It will be joined by leading companies who will release fresh products and patented technologies aside from their flagship designs.

Done every spring and autumn, the Canton Fair has become the most comprehensive trade show with the longest history, the most complete in exhibit variety, the largest scale, the highest level and the widest distribution and has the highest business business turnover. Thanks to the support of its massive visitors and exhibitors.


The fair exhibits more than 150,000 kinds of quality Chinese products as well as commodities with unique features outside the country. Chinese products have a renew rate of more than 40 percent each session, according to ChinaExhibition.com. The fair shows various high quality products with reasonable price.

The Canton Fair started in the spring of 1957 in Guaznghou. It is composed of 48 trading delegations, as well as thousands of foreign trade firms, invested enterprises, private businesses, factories and scientific research institutions that have strong financial capability and good credibility.

The 119th session or the Canton Fair Spring 2016 on April 15 to May 5, 2016 covered an exhibition venue of 1.18 million square meters. It offered 60,233 stands and drew 24,514 local and international enterprises, according to Travel China Guide. The export turnover was about $28.08 billion, while the upcoming 120th session is expected to be more magnificent and promising.

People from the elite business sector visit the fair to communicate and trade in various ways to provide massive chances of commerce. Aside from the typical negotiation with samples, the fair has an online way of trade. It also deals with import trade, technological and economic cooperation and exchange, as well as commodity inspection, transportation, consultation, insurance and advertising.


The upcoming Canton Fair Autumn 2016 will be composed of three phases:

• Phase I on Oct. 15 to 19, 2016 will feature electronics and household electrical appliances, lighting equipment, vehicles and spare parts, machinery, hardware and tools, energy resources, chemical products and building materials. This includes computers, audio-video, computer peripherals and communication products like mobiles, fax machines and other communication facilities.

• Phase II on Oct. 23 to 27, 2016 will focus on consumer goods, home decorations and gifts.

• Phase III on Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, 2016 will have office supplies, recreation products, cases and bags, food, medicines, medical devices, health product, shoes, textiles and garments.

Those who have an Invitation Card for the fair could apply for a visa to China, register and get a free fair entry badge. Application for the invitation card was before Sept. 30. The Invitation Card are of two kinds, the E-Invitation Card and the Paper Invitation Card.

The E-card is sent by email and a copied one is valid and can be shared by a group of representatives from the same company. The Paper Card, which is also sent through email, is a precondition card for visitors of Canton Fair who are applying for a visa to China. A single invitation card can be shared by three representatives from the same company while a copied one is invalid.